Jones proposes changes to STAR program after rebate checks delayed 5 months

Assemblyman Billy Jones wants to make some changes to the state’s School Tax Relief program. Jones says many families who were promised refunds under the STAR program still haven’t received their checks and he says the changes made last year are to blame. It used to be that homeowners would recieve an upfront deduction on their tax bills, but now, if you move, you have to pay a higher bill and then ask for a rebate check from the state. While the benefits are the same, Jones says, the system is inconvenient for homeowners. Most of the affected are elderly people who were supposed to get their checks five months ago. Jones proposed change would return the STAR program to local assessors.